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'Better Block' Approaching The Build Stage For Tyler Street Project

It's time to build the better block. MassDevelopment had brought in Team Better Block to run an economic development exercise on Tyler Street. The plan is to completely revamp the section between Smith Street and Cortland Place, filling up the storefronts, improving mobility, slowing traffic, and sprucing the aesthetics.

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'Better Block' Presents Conceptual Plan for Section of Tyler Street

There will be the day when the doors of the former Tyler Street Fire Station will be opened, the old emergency vehicles in the backdrop, with a live band and a craft brewery serving up drinks. Across the street, Jacob's Pillow will be giving dance lessons. That day will be on Aug. 26. The old fire house is too decrepit for the building inspectors to let people all the way in and attempts by the city to dispose of the property had found no interest. But, what is possible with the historic buil

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Diocese Weighing Multiple Bids For Former St. Mary The Morning Star

The Diocese of Springfield is looking to sell the former St. Mary's of Morningstar in a "reasonable time" and their broker is speaking with multiple parties. The former church on Tyler Street has been closed and on the market since 2010 - the church was closed in 2008.

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'Better Block' Program Eyed To Bring Morningside's Vision To Life

Seeing is believing. For the last year MassDevelopment has been in a planning process for the redevelopment of Tyler Street. But, words on paper doesn't always tell the story. But those visions and dreams enunciated by the Morningside community are set to become a reality, if only for a day. MassDevelopment has brought in Team Better Block, a group which will head a community effort to bring all of those ideas to life on one section of Tyler Street to show off exactly what can be. The imp

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Pittsfield To Add Handicapped Parking Downtown

Despite a recommendation to deny the proposed handicapped parking spaces, the City Council adopted a measure increasing the number of downtown spaces. The additional spots have been a long time coming when Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell pressed the issue of the number of issues on North Street.

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Pittsfield Piloting Storefront Improvement Program For Tyler Street

The city is launching a facade improvement program to help owners of Tyler Street businesses spruce up their storefronts. The City Council accepted a $30,000 grant from MassDevelopment's Transformative Development Initiative to pilot the program. The city is matching that grant is will be providing commercial building owners with an incentive for the improvements such as lighting, windows, and doors. In the first year the pool of money is estimated to assist in the renovation of four or five

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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler Street

The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural. The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art, and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the futur

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Pittsfield Enters 2nd Year of Tyler Street Revitalization Program

Amewusika "Sike" Sedzro has been in the city for a year now with a primary focus on crafting a plan to revitalize Tyler Street. Entering her second of three years, the first steps in rolling out that plan will be taking shape. Overall the entire Tyler Street and Morningside Neighborhood are the next target for a complete redevelopment, following nearly the same plans as implemented on North Street over the last decade.

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Tyler Street Businesses to Connell: No Problems With Walmart Project

Joe Castoldi has run his barber shop for years on Tyler Street, just a block away from where the proposed Walmart Supercenter is eyed to be built. The supercenters often have a salon inside the building so one would think Castoldi would be worried about competition - especially competition from such a large corporation. But he's not.

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Economic Future Being Planned for Pittsfield's Tyler Street

Could Tyler Street become the city's food mecca? That's one idea for the Morningside neighborhood. Planning and architecture firm Elan is transitioning from the fact-finding stage to developing actual strategies and goals for redevelopment in Tyler Street.

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